Top 5 buzzwords that make me want to read a book
I’m not sure the words I picked qualify as ‘buzzwords’ but they are words (or maybe concepts) that I find irresistible when I find them in a synopsis.
Rand al’Thor vs. The Dark One. Harry Potter vs. Voldemort. Batman vs. The Joker!! There’s just something about archnemeses. A nemesis is fine. It makes for a good story, as long as it hasn’t been done poorly. But when two people/groups have been battling for what seems like forever, everything just has more levels of depth. Each character’s story, motives, feelings, point-of-view are there enforce. By the end (if there is an end) the opposing forces are connected in some way. They could almost feel like friends.
A lot of people are sick of dystopian stories, but so far, I just can’t get enough. Big, scary government in an all-but-destroyed world? Yes, please! I think what people get sick of is when dystopian stories start looking too much alike. Dystopian can be a big, wide genre, but when they all start pitting people against each other in a survivalist situation, well… That’s when we end up with The Hunger Mazient Rising. There’s a lot of gold to come from this mini-genre.
I love monsters. Demons, vampires, werewolves, zombies, or better yet, some kind of monster I haven’t even heard of before! If your book has a cool monster with well-thought out mythology and the whole thing is brand new to me… you’ve got my money.
Oh, man. Is there anything cooler than an assassin? Probably, but they’re way up there. Schools of assassins, assassins vs. assassins, assassins on a lifelong search for personal happiness and pirate treasure… It’s all good.
This might be my favourite of them all. The possibilities are endless. It’s a tough thing to screw up, but when someone finds really exciting and unique possibilities, that’s when things get really interesting.